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The �Robert Henderson�

From �White Wings� by Henry Brett

 

An Aberdeen Clipper.


This smart little ship was a contrast to the general run of vessels sent out to the colony in the early days.  For her size - her tonnage was only 586 - she made a remarkable run out to Otago on her first voyage.  She took her departure from Greenock on November 12,  1857, passed the Cape of Good Hope on January 5, reached the Snares on February 3, and anchored at Port Chalmers on February 9, only 79 days from land to land, one of the quickest passages on record at that date.  The Robert Henderson was an Aberdeen clipper, built in 1857 for J Hay and Company upon the most approved plan, and she was fitted out with every convenience and comfort for passengers.  Her model excited much admiration among nautical men at the time.  Her poop accommodation was exceedingly spacious for a vessel of her tonnage, the saloon being 50ft long and 7ft high, tastefully decorated, to carry twenty passengers.  Her steering gear, which was on the principal of a reverse screw, was a novelty, and was efficient, simple, and economical.  On her maiden passage from Stromness to the Clyde the Robert Henderson displayed extraordinary sailing powers and stiffness under canvas, logging over 14 knots on many occasions, and notwithstanding the terrific weather she encountered she accomplished the passage from Stromness to Clyde in 48 hours.

The Robert Henderson for many years sailed direct from Glasgow to Dunedin, and as will be seen from her records, she kept up her reputation as a fast sailer.  In later years she made one trip each to Auckland and Lyttleton and her run to the former port was a lengthy one.  On the voyage out in 1869 she encountered stormy weather in the Southern Ocean, and had a narrow escape among icebergs; no less than 18 huge bergs were passed in 24 hours ten days before reaching her destination.  Captain Culbert stated the long passage made to Auckland was owing to the knocking about the ship received on the coast of Brazil for several days, during the time the crossjack yard carried away and the mizzen and fore-topgallant yards sprung during the gale.  


 

�ROBERT HENDERSON

 Here follow the record of passages made to new Zealand:-

 

To Auckland

Sailed

Arrived

Captain

Days

June 22

Oct. 24, 1872

J Culbert

123

 

 

 

 

To Lyttleton

Aug. 10

Nov. 23, 1871

Culbert

105

 

 

 

 

To Dunedin

Nov. 12, 1857

Feb. 9, 1858

Corbitt

79

June 2

Sep. 3, 1860

Logan

93

July 14

Oct. 8, 1861

Logan

85

1862

1862

Logan

81

Sep. 20

Dec. 30, 1864

Logan

101

Aug. 11

Nov. 7, 1865

Logan

88

Sep. 5

Dec. 15, 1867

Boyd

101

Sep. 5

Nov. 29, 1868

Hendry

85

July 3

Oct. 6, 1869

Hendry

95

Sep. 10

Dec. 23, 1870

McDonald

104


 

 
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